Multicultural Environment

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"Our boys have attended ISL Surrey Primary for four years now. My husband and I attribute the boys' academic curiosity, interest and their general real love of learning to this fantastic school. The amazing teachers and staff create a warm and caring atmosphere that make the kids thrive socially and academically."
Current Year 5 parent

At ISL Surrey we serve both the local as well as the international community, creating a true multicultural environment. We enable excellence by building on the natural curiosity of our students and their innate desire to learn about the world around them. We consciously embrace a genuinely international mindset, welcoming all types of families from across the world, joining our local families in our warm and friendly community.

Our staff come from more than fifteen different nationalities and we have up to twenty seven languages spoken in our school, although English is the school-wide language of communication.

Being part of an environment with people of different backgrounds, races and nationalities is a rewarding and fulfilling personal experience for all. Students learn to embrace diversity and tolerance, and grow up free from cultural barriers and stereotyping. This is not always easy, but our children learn from a very young age to think about the bigger world around them, enriching their total learning experience, and producing benefits that last far into future careers and lives.

Language is central to all learning and teaching at ISL Surrey and is both a tool for further learning and an outcome in itself. We value the role all languages play in personal, social and cultural development as well as in promoting, maintaining and celebrating internationalism within our community.

We have a unique programme that nurtures language, in lessons taught during the school day and integrated into the curriculum. English-speaking children benefit from the opportunity to acquire French as an additional language. Years 1 to 6 enjoy an impressive five lessons a week, of forty five minutes each.

For our international students, we aim to offer these lessons in their home language. Currently we offer many different language options, including but not limited to Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian. Each year additional languages are offered as needed.

Find out more about our extensive languages programme